NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Workers hung in harnesses, putting the finishing touches on a sponsor’s billboard high above Broadway. A few blocks north, in Times Square, a three-story stage towered over the crossroads of the world.
Below, the pedestrian plazas stayed relatively calm and uncrowded — for now — beneath blinking ads, most of which referenced the Super Bowl as New York spent a mellow MLK Monday preparing to host the biggest event in sports.
The Feb. 2 championship game, between Seattle and Denver, is still almost two weeks away, and while there will be all sorts of events surrounding the game throughout the metropolitan area of nearly 20 million, the anticipation hasn’t quite started to spike yet.
It takes more than a big ballgame to get New York City excited.
New Jersey, too, where everyone’s still steamed up over allegations that top aides to Gov. Chris Christie orchestrated traffic jams in a northern New Jersey town, Fort Lee, by blocking off lanes to the George Washington Bridge.
Unintentional traffic jams are a concern every day in the region, let alone with an influx of visitors expected and a big game day crowd anticipated at the Meadowlands sports complex.
The traffic snarls will be worse than planned because of the delay on the Route 3 bridge construction project.
The span over the Passaic River connecting Clifton and Rutherford was supposed to be done in time for the Super Bow but unforeseen utility work bumped back the finish date by about six months, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported.